Michigan in the World features exhibitions of research conducted by undergraduate students about the history of the University of Michigan and its relationships beyond its borders. The project was made possible through funding from the University of Michigan History Department and the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, with additional support from Lisa and Timothy J. Sloan. The "Give Earth a Chance" team (Fall 2017) consists of: 

Joshua Blum

Joshua is a senior at the University of Michigan majoring in economics and history. He is from Atlanta, Georgia, and his interests in environmental business, social change, and the history of the University of Michigan inspired him to take this course. 

Meghan Clark

Meghan is a junior from Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is majoring in history with a concentration in 20th century European legal history and plans to graduate in May 2019. She worked on “Go Blue,” a previous Michigan in the World project about the history of U-M athletics. 

Amanda Hampton

Amanda is a senior at the University of Michigan studying political science and history and minoring in German. Her interests in the environment, student activism, and history motivated her to take this course.


Maya Littlefield

Maya is a senior at the University of Michigan double majoring in art and design and environmental studies. She is from Lake Leelanau, Michigan, and was inspired to take this course because of her interests in activism and environmental history.

Julia Montag

Julia is a junior in the University of Michigan School of Public Health and is minoring in Spanish language and literature. Her interests in environmental policy, water quality and health disparities as an issue of social justice motivated her to take this course. 

Trent Reynolds

Trent is from Temperance, Michigan. He is studying aerospace engineering and plans to graduate in December 2018. He will then commission into the United States Air Force as a second lieutenant.


Hannah Thoms

Hannah is from Flushing, Michigan. She is an anthropology major with minors in museum studies and history. She plans to graduate in May 2019 and pursue a career in museum collections.


Kiegan White

Kiegan is from Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. He is a history major who plans to graduate from the University of Michigan in April 2018 and attend law school.


Matthew Lassiter

Matthew Lassiter is professor of history and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor at the University of Michigan. “Give Earth a Chance” was developed by students in Professor Lassiter’s History 399: Environmental Activism in Michigan course (September-December 2017) as part of the Michigan in the World: Local and Global Stories project. 


Cinda Nofziger

Cinda is the archivist for Academic Programs and Outreach at the Bentley Historical Library. She works with faculty and students to develop and implement classes using archival materials.


Gregory Parker

Gregory is administrator of the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies and serves as the web liaison for Michigan in the World.